I'm a pretty big fan of all the new small adventure bikes that have made their way into a lot of lineups recently. One of the bikes that really appeals to me is the Kawasaki Versys-X 300. It seems to blend everything you could want into a seriously well-rounded package.
Before I bought my first motorcycle, I would surf the internet and just look at bikes. I found a lot of cool motorcycle blogs this way. One of the ones that I loved was called The Machine Files. Not long after I found this blog I bought my first bike with the intent of customizing the crap out of it. I didn't do much to my own bike, but I always wanted to learn.
There was a video on there that simply blew me away. I loved the philosophy, the hard work, and the bikes themselves. Today, as I was browsing around the internet. I randomly decided to check out that site. I knew it hadn't been updated in a long time, but I thought I'd look anyway. To my pleasant surprise it seems that Matt Machine, may be getting back in the game of showing off his awesome work.
Most of the time you don't see modern sport bikes reconfigured into old-school-looking cafe racers, but that's exactly what Mr. Ride, who is based in Brazil, has done. He took a 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250, stripped it of all its body cladding and reworked and restyled the bike. It's now a beautiful cafe racer.
In 2014, Honda released a bike known in the United States as the Grom. It was a short, squat, and fun little sport bike that reminded people of the old little trail bikes that company put out in the 1970s. The Grom was a hit, and I like to think that Honda started a bit of a revolution with the bike. There are now a fair amount of small displacement motorcycles that could be called Honda Grom competitors.
I thought it smart to round a few of these little bikes up into one post so you can see all the little bikes ready for mayhem in one spot. If the Grom isn't quite right for you, maybe one of these competitors will be.
Small adventure bikes are seriously cool and seriously fun, especially if you have the the right road or terrain for them. More of these bikes keep popping up and that means if you want to buy one, you have a tough decision to make. The fellas over at Motorcyclist Magazine pit two of the best dual sport/adventure bikes out there against each other, the CRF250L Rally and the Kawasaki Versys-X 300. While I find their banter annoying. They do a decent job of showing off the bikes capabilities. Check it out in the video below.
Wade Thiel is the creator of Wind Burned Eyes. He is an automotive journalist and a motorcycle enthusiast who lives in Indianapolis, IN. Check him out on Twitter or read his automotive work at Web2Carz.